They can be found in every congregation....they are members, they attend the church services, but they take no part in the church's ministry program. Church leaderships generally have given up on facing this problem effectively. The more so since these members may well be affable people whom one would not readily alienate and whose financial contributions remain welcome…
However, inactive members deprive themselves of spiritual blessings, the more since their contact with the congregation will likely be minimal. And churches need their service. What can churches do about this sad reality?
Here are some suggestions:
- Elders, as they make the rounds in their districts, should invite these members to volunteer for whatever congregational ministry suits them best. This implies that elders should be familiar with the congregational programs, a good thing to be!
- Leaders in ministry projects should check the church's membership list and see if they recognize the inactive members in need of a challenge.
- When the council seats new members it should visit with them and, among other things, ask in what ministry activity they would want to serve their new church.
- Congregational activities should be reported to the congregation regularly accompanied with an invitation to the members to become participants.
- The pulpit will now and then echo these invitations as being significant parts of believers responding to the Word.